Apparently almost 1 million Americans have taken Zumba classes.
Zumba (pronounced zoom-buh) was invented by dancer and choreographer Alberto (“Beto”) Perez in Colombia during the 1990s and is a style of intense dance-aerobics workout set to pulsating Latin music.
Now taught in gyms and studios, Zumba has attracted millions of enthusiasts worldwide and continues to grow in popularity.
Zumba May Be Addictive
So what are people saying about Zumba addicts?
“It’s a party,” Doug Jones, 35-year-old driver from Dayton, Ohio said in trying to describe Zumba (pronounced ZOOM-buh), which is Colombian slang for “fast.” “It emulates being in a nightclub without the drinking, the smoking, the bad pickup lines.” (via the Associated Press)
To be honest just visiting the Zumba site had me grooving in my office chair.
The 60-minute program incorporates footwork and body movements from flamenco, salsa and other dances. Participants pump their legs, windmill their arms, gyrate their hips, clap their hands, dip, slide and spin — all to a frenzied beat that leaves them with flushed cheeks and dripping in sweat.
Making Moving Fun is a Good Thing
Anything that gets you up and moving is a good thing. And from the looks of it, Zumba is a non-stop, fast-paced fitness adventure!
Becoming a Zumba instructor comes in various forms: basics classes, advanced classes, Zumba for muscle toning, “Aqua Zumba” for the pool, and “Zumbatonic,” which is specifically for kids ages 4 to 12.
Zumba for Everyone
It may be intimating to get into a room with complete strangers and shake your groove thing, but Zumba still attracts people from all walks of life.
You can just get out there and move and be silly and not have to worry about it,” said Rick Carpenter, 50, a television repairman from Brookville, who took up Zumba with his wife after seeing a poster for it. “It’s a good stress reliever. You can be having the worst day … and after you’ve done an hour of Zumba you just feel great.
Wow! I guess millions of people can’t be wrong. Has anyone taken a Zumba class? Looks like a lot of fun!
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